You might think this post is strange. Aren’t we supposed to serve God? Yes we are! Like anything in this world it can become an idol or source of identity.
The picture at the top of this post was my status for today. Many people don’t realize I’m internally motivated. I’m not driven to do things based on outside influence. God has helped my heart for serving Him to remain pure by placing me to serve where there’s been no love, honor, reciprocation, appreciation, or validation. I’m not talking short seasons either. I’m talking years. And sometimes love was met with persecution. What I learned is that God never wanted serving to be an idol or source of identity. I love loving on people and blessing them. Love, love, love! However, service met with opposition or apathy forces us to rely fully on God for identity. If my motives for serving were to be loved by people, I would’ve stopped when they didn’t reciprocate or even say thanks.
God is interested in our hearts, why we do what we do. Is it out of love or fear or selfishness?
My life is about loving God and knowing Him. Our relationship isn’t built only on serving… It’s Father to daughter. It’s love. Out of relationship flows service. I don’t serve to gain relationship or love. I worship God, not what I can do for Him or others. Often we are just hanging out together, talking, and listening. I journal what He speaks. He’s my Father. Being with Him is more important than doing for Him. Though being with Him causes me to grow to love people more and to serve.
Our true identity is child of God. It’s not about the other titles that come along with serving God. God doesn’t love a pastor more than a lay member. They may have different things they do for God, yet the love He has for them is the same.
Truth : there’s nothing you can do to make God love you more or less.
You can serve all day every day and not earn more love.
Not only is love not earned, neither is righteousness.
We are not to serve to gain the applause of people or to win their love or approval, that’s a selfish motive.
Our service to God and others is a response to His great love for us. If we are serving Him to try to win His love or approval it’s pointless. Approval is given through relationship with Jesus Christ. He’s the only way we obtain righteousness (right standing with God).
Does this mean we don’t have to serve God or others? Does this mean we only serve when we feel loving towards God or people? No.
Obedience is better than sacrifice. If God calls us to do something we submit to His Lordship. Love is not simply a feeling, it’s also a choice.
We don’t make serving our source of identity, security, a means to feel good about ourselves, or for selfish gain.
Sweet friends, it’s great to serve. Yet God invites us into His family. We are no longer slaves, but friends. He’s not bossing us around. He invites us to know Him, to love Him, and to enjoy Him! May God alone be the center of our worship. He’s worthy. May our satisfaction be in Him, not what we do for Him. May being with Him be the highest priority!
Love in Christ,